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2 The Message Monthly -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana November Several participants in Southwestern Indiana TEC No. 5, ] recently contacted by telephone, were asked the following ] question: What are some of the important issues in the I Church today? [ Chris Smith, 18, is from Huntingburg. Probably the thing with abortion (is one of the most im- portant issues today). Everybody has the right to life. I think teen-age sex (is another important issue). Most people think it's cool, because "everybody else" thinks it is, but what you should believe isn't always the same as "everybody else." Jackie Steckler, 18, is from Evansville. The vocations. How to encourage more people to become priests and nuns, to keep the Catholic Church alive. On TEC, we talked about priests, whether they would be able to get married, and I think that's a good idea. A boy told me that he would be a priest if he could get married. (Another issue is) to get more people involved in church. (Often) I just "go" to church. We need to get more people more involved. Karen Rusche, 17, is from Evansville. I would like to see people pay more attention to what the priest says at Mass -- and nat so much the money. I wish that teenagers could concentrate more on the Mass itself, not just "go there." (Another issue is) getting people more involved. We need more priests. (It is important) to encourage more vocations. Mike Kocker, 18, is from Jasper. Sex scandals i's an issue. Priests and religious -- if they have problems -- should be able to get help. If not, some- thing should be done about it. We should be more open to the idea of women being priests and being more equal in the Church. Participants in Southwestern Indiana TEC 5, held at St. Mary Church, Ireland, 3-5, include, from left, first row, Sarah Zoglman, Phil Bradley, Julie Linette, Ozechowski, Greg Steckler, Ann Waling, Holly Schnapf, Heather Blackgrove; se c" ond row, Ellen Donofrio, Jackie Steckler, Tonia Craig, Angie Northerner, Andrea Herr, Amy Ernst, Karen Rusche, Jami Terwiske, Emily Berg, Karen Aders, Judy Bennett; third row, Father Sean Hoppe, Debbie Greulich, Father Fred Englert, Cheryl Herzog, Michelle Clerk, Becky Peters, Amy Lawrence, Barb Butler, Patty Killebrew, Wileen Halter, Curt Petry; fourth row, Jalane Weber, Demi Ziemer, Sis- ter Therese Ann Duenas, O.S.B., Lynn Wright, Jennifer Uebelhor, Lori Tischendorf, Brian Oberst, Eric Weidenbenner, Shaun Hopf, Andy Linette; fifth row, Mike Schwenk, Linda Schwinghammer, Brian Hubers, Gary Niehaus, Jason Loehr, Jay Hatfull, Jared Hobgood, Philip Stratman, Mike Kocher; sixth row, Paul Leingang, Ben Leingang, Chris Smith, Mike Killebrew, Ed Zoglman, Chris Thompson, Tim Klinger, Mary Wagner, Stacia Wolf, Phil Durcholz, Jude Wolf. The world around us Commentan, by Deacon tim Cavern, Indiana Catholic Conferenc Coordinator Jar the Diocese of Evansville. "Hear Ye, Hear Ye. the polls are now closed!" With these words or some similar, the polls officially closed at 6 pm Tuesday. When I was a precinct com- mittee man several years ago. I would be one of a dozen people who arrived about 5 a.m. in order to set up for the election. My job was to make sure that election team mem- bers showed up on time and were in their assigned places. I was also the guy responsible for all those posters taped to the wall around the entrance. I personally thought it was an eye sore but the guys "down- town" would come out about 8 a.m. and critique my sign display. You would get a pat on the back if you had arrived early enough to capture the spot closest to,the entrance for your party s display of posters. I would dutifully put up :he posters and ten get tim handouts ready for the high school kids who would stand by the entrance way to pass out to voters going in to the polls. In rain, sleet, or snow you could always count on some- one handing you their pre- ferred candidate list as you entered your local polling place. The purpose behind all of this activity was to make a last effort toinfluence you. As political party workers we were convinced that the indi- vidual voter had "the power to make the difference." Unfortunately most people don't see it this way. Many are cynical about the whole process. At this time you might be discouraged about the election outcome. Even if your candidates didn't get elected, I believe that you, the individual, can still make a difference in the way legisla- tion is shaped andpolicies are interpreted. You can do this by keeping informed of what's going on in the legisla- ture and expressing your opinion to your representa- tives. A practice among legis- lators is that every call or let- ter received about an issue is multiplied many times to rep- resent those who intended to call or write but failed to do so. The major lobbying groups are well aware of this. As Christians, we are called to proclaim the Good News. The Indiana Catholic Confer- ence is here to help you ex- press your Christian values to those in power. To be a part of this effort, call the Office of the Chancellor at 424-5536 or (800) 637-1731. Your voice does count! As a service to the readers of the Message, members of the tee of the Diocese of Evansville provide th e fallowing suggestions for "making a difference" at home, in the parish and in the civic community. 1, On Nov. 17, the feast of Elizabeth of Hungary and patroness honor her by taking bread or supplies to a soup kitchen or food pantry. 2. Give,generously to your local parish Thanksgiving hate food or mciney for the poor or serve-at a Thanksgiving dinner at a local soup kitchen. 3. Invite someone lonely to join you for Thanksgiving diner iu your home. 4. A new Korean family in Dale needs work, automobile and financial and utilities, Contact Father Gene Heerdink at St. Joseph Chh, (812) 937-2200. 5, Attend an ecumenical Thanksgiving Service and/or a lit Day. 6, Pray a Thanksgiving Rosary: for every 1, 7. " Lpaign for Human Development is an he lp ut FOR COMPLETE ELECTRICAL SERVICE RSCHER ELECTRIC INC. SCHNELLVILLE, IN 389-2418 T Fs Box 68 Montgomery, Indiana 47558 Donald J. Traylor President Phone: ST. JOHN'S (:HURCH All members and friends are invited for COMPLETE INSURANCE SERviCE ! SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15 Auto! Homo! Fire.& Lifo! | l[.4W_Alk00[|]k00L00ll 1 o: A.M. -- 4 P.M. Your Personal Service Agent | James L. Will Ins. Agency Inc. ] and f fien,:ls in 1925 W Franklin Street 425-3187 I:,:, ' , ................... | specml day of prayer